Participants and spectators at the Relay for Life in Storm Lake this month will be treated to a new musical collaboration as two of the area's best-known young rockers team up for the first time, unplugged and ready to help in a good cause.
Josh Nielsen, of the new Storm Lake band Third Warning, will team up with Justin Walsh, from the band Open Season.
They will be playing at least an hour set, starting at 7:15 p.m. at the Storm Lake High School track.
It will be the first time the two friends have appeared together.
"I did sit in with him one night at Smokey's and it seemed like it might work. He and I have been wanting to do something together, and when Kathy Goodman of the Relay for Life asked if I could perform, I thought it would be a great chance to get with Justin if we could work the schedule out," said Nielsen. "He's a great guitar player, and we both just really like to play music and have a good time performing for people."
They are still working on a set list - the crowd is likely to get a good sampling of accoustical alternative music, including some well-known songs from the likes of Dave Matthews Band and Alice in Chains, and some surprises still in the works.
The due will be winging it a bit - Justin is getting married June 9 and will return from his honeymoon just in time for the Relay for Life June 22.
For Nielsen, a 25-year-old Newell native, the Relay for Life holds a great deal of meaning.
His mother lost an eye to cancer, but is now considered cancer free. He also lost a great uncle and saw a grandparent suffer with cancer. "Our family has experienced cancer several times - I'm happy to have the chance to be involved in sonmething like this," he said.
The Relay will feature many entertainers from 5:30-8:30, including the Storm Lake High School, TAC group, St. Mary's High School drill team, bagpiper Archie MacKay, DJ music, and lots of games and children's activities to keep the crowd entertained. The event begins at 5 p.m. at the high school track.